Gut reaction: Cubs 7, Mets 1 – 6/2/18 (14 innings)

If you’re like me, it’s after midnight and you’re asking yourself, I stayed up for this @#$%&*? The Mets wasted another Jacob deGrom gem and lost to the Cubs in 14 innings. Once again deGrom was phenomenal but got zero support from his teammates, who simply refuse to hit when he pitches.

deGrom struck out 13 and allowed just one run in seven innings. As if that wasn’t enough support for the struggling Mets lineup, five Mets relievers then combined to hold the Cub scoreless for another six innings. Michael Conforto’s solo home run in 6th inning was the only offense the team could muster against Mike Montgomery and four relievers. Emptying the bench of pinch hitters meant constantly replacing bullpen arms until Mickey Callaway was left with his last two options for the 14th inning – Buddy Bauman and Gerson Bautista who combined to allow six runs on five hits and two walks in a putrid last inning of work.

Among the lowlights of this game were Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera going a combined 0 for 12 with six strikeouts atop the lineup and Kevin Plawecki making two throwing errors while splitting time between first base and catcher.

The slumping Mets are now two games under .500. The Cubs series concludes tomorrow afternoon with a matchup of lefties – Steven Matz vs. Jon Lester.

8 comments for “Gut reaction: Cubs 7, Mets 1 – 6/2/18 (14 innings)

  1. Mike Walczak
    June 3, 2018 at 5:30 am

    If the game went a few more innings, it would have been interesting who Goaway would have put in to pitch, maybe Plawecki, since he is a first baseman now and like magic, maybe a relief pitcher too.

    Or, maybe PJ Conlon, oh that’s right, we gave him away.

    We have a new term, the Reyes line, .150. After a third of a season, can’t believe he is still on the team.

    We lost because our defense gave up a touchdown at the wrong time.

    This could be a year where deGrom wins the Cy Young award with 5 wins.

    Here is my prediction. If the Mets are 15 games under .500 at the trading deadline, Olderson will not sell off any players because he feels that the team still has a chance for a wild card and he wants to allow Jose Reyes, who is hitting .130 to develop as a catcher.

    This season was fun for a week. Can’t believe that the wheels fell off so early and that their overall play has been this bad for almost two full months.

    I think I am going to watch the movie Mets Groundhog Day.

  2. Mike Walczak
    June 3, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Ray Oyler hit .135 in 215 at bats in 1968. Reyes is getting real close.

    What other horrific examples can you cite ?

  3. Michael
    June 3, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Let’s not forget Plawecki swinging at the firstpitch with bases loaded in the 13th. This after the previous batter walked. Result: end of inning ground out.

  4. Pete in Iowa
    June 3, 2018 at 9:27 am

    One of those “errors” charged to Plawecki was clearly on error on Rosario, who simply missed the throw on what would have been an easy caught stealing. And, BTW, Cabrera was nowhere to be seen in backing up that play.
    More bad baseball…..

  5. Eraff
    June 3, 2018 at 9:32 am

    We’ve seen a small string of good starting pitching. There’s your Silver thread

  6. Pete from NJ
    June 3, 2018 at 9:53 am

    Maybe I’ll go to counciling on Monday watching a game knowing it was impossible to win way past my bedtime. That could be a sign?

    And yes there is a silver thread: pitching and waiting for the guys to return from their rehabs and move foward.

  7. TJ
    June 3, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I had the tremendous pleasure of being in attendance at this historic Met game, one in which they struck out more opponent hitters than any other game in their 56+ season history, and managed to lose by 6 runs nonetheless. This came in a game at home (nowhere near a sellout), after a team meeting, with their ace on the mound, who is performing at a level above every pitcher not mane Scherzer. This is actually extremely difficult to do, especially when the Cubs pitched a reliever 5 innings, 76 pitches, essentially until he couldn’t lift his throwing arm. And, that dude got the win. On the other hand, the final 4 pitchers that the Mets threw do not belong in the majors. Additionally, Reyes and Lobaton do not belong gin the majors, and KPlaw either hasn’t recovered from his hand injury or is really proving himself to be a non-major leaguer as well. Watching him throw to second vs. Contreras is not pretty.

    This has a mid 1970s feel to it. Next week is huge for this team, absolutely huge. Not the near meaningless games vs. the Orioles and Yankees (yikes), but the MLB draft. Somehow they need to find a way, at least with the top two picks, to land serious talent.

  8. Mike Walczak
    June 4, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Why is Lobaton on the roster?

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